Monthly Archives: October 2017

Huawei unveils Mate 10 series

Huawei unveils Mate 10 series

Huawei will be releasing it’s latest series in the UK between the end of October and mid October.

Design:

The Mate 10 will be available in Black, Pink Gold, Champagne Gold and Mocha Brown. The Pro version on the other hand, features in Titanium Grey, Midnight Blue, Mocha Brown and Pink Gold. It seems the colour differences are more apparent than the differences in size, with the Pro display just 0.1″ larger. Both devices feature a robust glass casing on the front and back, but the Pro takes durability up a notch with 1P67 water and dust resistance.

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Spec overview:

  • 5.9″ (1440 x 2560 pixels) and 6″ display (1080 x 2160 pixels)
  • Android 7.0 Oreo
  • 4,000mAh high-density battery
  • 4GB of RAM, 6GB for the Pro
  • 64GB internal storage, 128GB for the Pro
  • USB-Type C port

Features:

Huawei believes it’s latest devices are the first true artificially intelligent (AI) smartphone line. Huawei claims the smartphones can learn your behaviour and then adapt to optimise usage, resulting in no device slowdown after 18 months of use. For example, the devices are equipped with a smart battery management system that understands your smartphone behaviour and as a result, allocates resources to maximise battery life. The 4,000mAh battery is claimed to last two days with light use and one day with heavy usage.

“As we enter the age of intelligence, AI is no longer a virtual concept but something that intertwines with our daily life. AI can enhance the user experience; provide valuable services and improve product performance.” – Richard Yu, Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO.

When it comes to photographic capabilities, Huawei has once again joined forces with Leica, the German optics enterprise, renowned for it’s high-quality lightweight rangefinder cameras. The camera has a 12 megapixel RGBM colour lens, paired with a 20 megapixel monochrome lens. The Leica lens is combined with Huawei’s ‘Al’. Al uses intelligent photographic algorithms to identify different types of scenery and objects in real time. By doing so, the camera will automatically adjust the colours, contrast, brightness and exposure for the perfect snap. Other camera features include: f/1.6 aperture lens, phase detection, laser autofocus and dual-LED flash.

For information on the new Huawei devices, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager via email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352. Your account manager can also give you information on pay-monthly or SIM only plans once the new devices are available.  We are always more than happy to help!

Will Samsung release a foldable smartphone?

Will Samsung release a foldable smartphone?

After six years of trial and error, Samsung, could be the first company to commercially launch a ‘foldable phone’. In 2011, Samsung’s prototype was able to remain intact after a whopping 100,000 folds with only a 6% drop in brightness at centre (where all the folding happened), however various manufacturing issues prevented the real deal – until now.

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Rumour has it, the South Korean multinational giant could be releasing two new devices, known as the ‘Samsung Galaxy X’ series at the CES consumer technology show in January, 2018. The devices will have a foldable 4K display, so that the resolution will remain high even when the phone is folded. Supposedly, one version will fold from a 5″ handset to an 8″ tablet, while the second version will fold in half to become more compact. Below is a video of Samsung’s futuristic ambitions:

Further whispers suggest that the foldable devices will initially be released in Korea to see demand levels for a flexible phone. Hopefully Samsung’s latest venture won’t go down in flames…

Google unveils Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Google unveils Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

On October 4th, Google unveiled it’s latest flagship range the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, however the Pixel 2 will not be available in the UK until the October 19th and the Pixel 2 XL until November 15th.

Design

The smaller Pixel 2 features a 5″ screen, while the XL display comes in at 6″. Both are full HD OLED and have an ‘always on’ display. This means that you’ll be able to see small amounts of information, such as the time or some notifications displayed on the screen, even while it’s technically off.

Image courtesy of Android Central

Image courtesy of Android Central

Specs

  • 5″ screen, 6″ screen (XL)
  • 12MP camera
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Snapdragon 835 chipset
  • 4GB RAM
  • 2,700 mAh battery, 3,520mAh battery (XL)

Features

Both the new Google Pixels feature a 12MP camera which has scored a phenomenal 98/100 on industry benchmark website DxOMark, placing it as the best smartphone camera in their rankings. The rear camera also features artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve photo quality, reduce blur and excel in low light conditions. It has optical image stabilisation (OIS) and electrical image stabilisation for video recording, which Google has branded ‘fused video stabilisation’.

Unedited photo taken with the Pixel 2, released by Google

Unedited photo taken with the Pixel 2, released by Google

The new Google devices continue to impress with fast charging offering an astonishing 7 hours of battery life from just 15 minutes of top up time. Google has also announced accessories for the new Pixel devices including ‘Pixel buds’ which will cost £159 (!) and be available in November. Although the hefty price tag, the new wireless earphones do feature touch controls and Google Assistant integration, alongside clear highs and deep bass. Google claims the new buds will offer 5 hours of playback time and each pair will come with a charging case.

Availability and price

Prices for the Pixel 2 start at £629 (64GB) and start at £799 (64GB) for the Pixel 2 XL. For information on how to pre-order the new Pixel devices, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager via email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352. Your account manager can also give you information on pay-monthly or SIM only plans once the new devices are available.  We are always more than happy to help!

What is Vodafone Global Roaming and how do I use it?

What is Vodafone Global Roaming?

Vodafone Global Roaming has replaced EuroTraveller and WorldTraveller and is included in all new and existing Pay Monthly plans. The service lets you take your home plan of data, texts and minutes to 110 destinations across the globe.

In 50 of the 110 destinations, you can use your home plan without any extra charge, even if you’re using your minutes from Croatia or checking your emails in France. Click here to view the 50 roam free destinations now

In the other 60 destinations you’ll pay just £5 a day to use your home plan of data, minutes and texts. You’ll only be charged on the days you use your phone. Better yet, receiving calls and texts is free, so if you only take calls or read texts on any given day, you won’t incur the £5 charge. Click here to view the 60 roam further destinations now

How to enable Global Roaming

All new and existing Pay monthly plans (handset, SIM only and Mobile Broadband) have Vodafone Global Roaming added automatically – no registration or activation is required! However, to use it, you need to have Data Roaming enabled on your device and ensure the “data while abroad bar” is disabled in your My Vodafone account or the My Vodafone App, you can contact your account manager if you need any help with this.

Vodafone Global Roaming lets you use your UK allowances for:

  • Calls to standard UK landline numbers*
  • Calls to standard UK mobile numbers*
  • Texts sent to standard UK landline and mobile numbers*
  • Calls and texts to standard landlines and mobiles in the country within which you’re roaming. For example, if you’re in Greece and call a local restaurant to book a table
  • If you’re in one of the Roam-free destinations, calls and texts to other Roam-free destinations are also included. For example, if you’re in Spain and phone a hotel in France this would be included
  • Any data used from your UK data allowance and Extras.  If you do exceed your data allowance, you’ll pay the same as you would in the UK for going over your allowance

*Standard UK numbers – UK landlines starting with 01, 02 and 03, and standard UK mobile numbers starting with 07.

Vodafone Global Roaming does NOT include:

  • Calls to non-geographic and premium-rate numbers
  • Calls and texts from one of the Roam-free destinations to one of our Roam-further destinations, for example calls between Spain and Canada
  • Calls and texts between Roam-further destinations, for example calls between Canada and the USA
  • Your entertainment pack of either NOW TV Entertainment Passor Sky Sports Mobile TV. However, Spotify Premium can be used while roaming.
  • Calls, texts and data used while connected to a Maritime or Aerospace network – this can happen when travelling on a ferry or plane

Countries not included:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Cote d’lvoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Phillipines, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Korea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzansia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab mirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Twitter looks at doubling it’s character limit

Twitter looks at doubling it’s character limit

Renowned for being short and sweet, Twitter may move away from it’s 140 character limit, originally inspired by SMS lengths, to double the amount. The trial of the new limit came after a loss of around £87 million in the most recent quarter and a slight decline of users – which had already been at a stand still of about 320 million for some time. As Twitter is a free platform, the money needs to come in from businesses buying advertising space.

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Unfortunately, advertisers are heading to other platforms as they can provide far more content to users without a 140 character restriction. Hence the move to 280 characters. Twitter also hopes the increase will keep users on the platform for a longer amount of time. However, critics believe the online news and social networking service may risk removing the very essence of the platform and push away loyal users who choose Twitter for being concise.

Do you think Twitter should #doubleup?

Countdown to Snapchat’s augmented reality release

Countdown to Snapchat’s augmented reality release

Later on today, Snapchat will be revealing it’s augmented reality art platform. The platform’s main star is Jeff Koons, an American artist known for working with popular culture subjects and his reproductions of banal objects—such as balloon animals produced in stainless steel with mirror-finish surfaces.

“Discover Koons’s innovative digital installations scattered across the world to experience them for yourself, and learn a little more about them”

How does it work?

The platform will show a special Lens when you are nearby a piece of Snapchat ART. An indicator will then direct you until the location marker is in the frame, at which point you’ll seen the pinned art in full augmented reality.

Most excitingly however is the opportunity for up and rising artists to feature on the platform and have their art pinned and displayed to the 173 million users active on Snapchat everyday.

Check back at the blog for further news on Snapchat’s AR launch.